A sling or baby carrier – this is how you make the right choice for you and your baby

May we introduce: Our new baby carrier

Yay, it's finally here - from now on you will also find our new baby carrier in the Mama Nuka range in addition to our slings. Fair and ecologically handwoven in India and dyed with natural colors, the carrier offers an ideal alternative or addition to our slings.

You have decided to carry it and are now wondering which baby carrier is best suited for you and your baby? Among the numerous carrying options on the market, the optimal choice is usually not that easy for many - what are the differences? What are the respective advantages? In order to accompany and support you in your decision, we give you an overview of slings and baby carriers here. Let's go.

Spoiled for choice – which baby carrier is right for me?

First of all: When choosing the right carrying option, the most important thing is that you and your baby feel completely comfortable. Which baby carrier is the right one for you can therefore not be answered in general terms, but is also a very personal decision. Before you buy, you can ask yourself the following questions, for example:

● How difficult is it to put on the baby carriers?
● Which carrying positions are possible?
● For what age are the baby carriers suitable?
● How flexible am I in everyday life with the baby carriers?

We have summarized the answers for you.

The sling:

Tying and putting on the cloth

A sling is a 3-5 meter long cloth that can be tied and knotted in various ways to carry your baby on your body. Depending on the age of the child and your preferences, several techniques can be used here. If you would like to learn more about the different ways of tying that are suitable for a baby sling, we have put together an overview for you here. A sling can be individually adapted to your body and that of your baby by tying it.

Of course, tying takes some time and practice once you start carrying your baby. The simple rule here is: practice makes perfect. A little patience to get to know the techniques and your own well-being is required at the beginning. Once you get the hang of it, however, tying can be done in just a few minutes and putting it on is usually not much more time-consuming than with a baby carrier. A ring sling is usually even easier than using a regular sling, as the sling can be tied in quickly thanks to two supporting rings - also ideal for when you are out and about, when you need to go faster.


You are very flexible with the sling because you can tie it in different ways and depending on your physical condition or planned daily activity, you can vary the carrying position of your baby using different tying techniques. This gives you a lot of leeway in everyday life. You can also try different binding methods first and see what is good for your body and your baby - if one binding method does not work so well, you are flexible here and can try a different technique.

By the way: When it comes to a sling, it depends on the right length - depending on who is carrying it or whether several parents are carrying it and which tying methods should be possible, the length must be chosen accordingly. By the way, you can find more information about finding the right sling length here .


Baby slings are already very suitable for newborns and premature babies. Ring-sling slings can also be used from birth if your baby's head is well supported and the spread-squat position is maintained. Otherwise, it is recommended to use the ring sling from the age of about 5 months, when your baby can support his head himself. How long babies can be carried in slings is usually not fixed. The following applies here: as long as you feel good and it is good for your body
is pleasant. Depending on their weight and size, the cloths can basically be used up to infancy.


The sling is an ideal everyday companion! You can do it very easily small
fold up and so easily disappear into the closet when you don't need it or put it in your bag and take it with you for the next trip and errands. So you can access it at any time on the go. Because the sling is one large piece of fabric, it's generally very versatile and can be reused for other purposes after it's been worn.

The baby carrier

Putting on the baby carrier

Unlike slings, baby carriers do not have to be completely retied, but are already partially sewn in a preformed carrying form and have pre-sewn straps and straps. Again, there are many different types of stretchers that allow more or less flexibility when putting them on.

A distinction is made, for example, between a full-buckle and a half-buckle carrier.

The name already reveals a crucial difference. A full-buckle carrier is similar to the principle of a backpack: There is both a hip belt with buckles to adjust and shoulder straps with buckles to adjust. Your baby is placed in the carrier and the length of the straps and straps is adjusted accordingly. The mooring is particularly fast here.
Disadvantage: Buckles can sometimes press into the body when carrying weight.

Our Mama Nuka carrier is a half buckle carrier. In this variant, there is only one buckle on the hip belt. The two fabric straps, on the other hand, are simply placed over the shoulder and knotted in front of the body over the hip belt. A combination of baby carrier and sling. This gives you the advantage that you have a stable hold on your hips, but you can optimally adjust the position of the baby to your body by tying the straps.

Compared to a baby sling, one advantage of the baby carrier is that it is usually easier to put on without having to learn different tying techniques beforehand - due to the pre-sewn shape, putting the baby in the carrier is also mostly intuitive. You can find out more about the new Mama Nuka baby carrier here .

The baby carrier is also suitable if several parents want to carry it, as the circumference of the hip belt can be adjusted and the straps can be tied longer or shorter. You can also easily tighten or loosen the strap on your hips while you are wearing it. It is best to try out beforehand, especially if you have large body differences, to see whether the respective stretcher is suitable for both of you.


The baby carrier can be carried in front of the stomach, with later age also on the back or with the Mama Nuka Half Buckle carrier on the hip. It is also important that the squat-spread posture is guaranteed. Here you have fewer variation options than with a sling, but it is very easy to put on.

age and weight

Not all manufacturers make baby carriers suitable from birth. In some cases, an insert for newborns is necessary in addition to the stretcher so that the baby sits properly. It is important to pay attention to this when purchasing. With our Mama Nuka Half Buckle carrier, however, we paid special attention to the fact that you can use it from birth. Carriers can usually distribute the weight very well and are also suitable for older and heavier babies and toddlers. Another possibility is to use a sling at the beginning and later switch to a baby carrier or introduce it as a second carrying method.

take away

With a full-buckle carrier, you have to reckon with a storage area like a backpack when you are not carrying it, which means it takes up more space than a sling. You can roll up a Mama Nuka half-buckle carrier more easily thanks to the fabric straps, but the buckled hip belt also takes up more space than a sling.

And now?

Carrying your baby is a wonderful experience and follows the natural human instinct for security and security. Both carriers allow you to carry your baby very close to your body and strengthen the bond between you two. In contrast to using a pram, all types of carrying aids are definitely more handy - for example, you are not dependent on path conditions or floors and can pursue all movements in everyday life with two free hands.

Take enough time to find out which baby carrier is right for you. It is best to think about what habits you have and what is important to you. You can use our overview here as a guide and feel free to contact us if you have any further questions about our baby carriers. Before you buy a sling or a baby carrier, we recommend that you try both out in practice. Maybe you know someone from your family and circle of acquaintances who already owns a sling or a stretcher? The best thing to do first is a babywearing consultation - here you will learn different tying techniques in practice and can ask individual questions. Incidentally, you can also book these directly online with Mama Nuka.

No matter what you decide - both with our Mama Nuka baby carrier and slings, completely natural designs made of very soft, beautiful fabrics await you and your baby.

Are you wondering if wearing it is even right for you? Here you will find 10 good reasons why it is generally worth carrying your baby .

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